ALSO reviews its management
Germany: broadliner ALSO has appointed Simone Blome and Sylke Rohbrecht as new managing directors, in charge respectively of Solutions and Supply. They join CEO Reiner Schwitzki and Investment Managing Director Christoph Dietz as new members of the managing team of the distributor. The former managing directors, Stefan Klinglmair and Saša Viro, are no longer managers in Germany. Stefan will focus on its role of Corporate VP for Central Europe, while Saša has been promoted to the new role of senior VP Solutions for Europe. Simone Blome is a longtime ALSO employee, as she works for the distributor since 1999, lately as Head of the HP Enterprise BU. Sylke Rohbrecht has been hired in 2007 by ALSO and worked, lately, as Lenovo and Toshiba BU manager. Beside these new appointments, ALSO has promoted NT Plus managing director Gregor Primus to member of its management board.
New partnerships in Scandinavia
According to our colleagues from IT24 Sverige, several new partnerships have been signed during summer in the region. Broadliner Exertis Captech now distributes Sony videoprojectors and large-sized displays. Broadliner Swedeltaco has added ZyXEL products to its networking portfolio. Alcatel-Lucent has opened a partnership with the Value division of broadliner Ingram Micro, starting in Sweden but expected to expand to Denmark and Finland (although it is difficult to understand how, as Ingram Micro has no VAD presence in these two countries). Broadliner Gandalf Data has inked a distribution deal with French mobility accessory vendor Port Designs. And, finally, local ESET representative Eurosecure has appointed broadliner ALSO as official distributor for Scandinavia, through its offices in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
ALSO Logistics goes bankrupt
Germany: ALSO Logistics, a subsidiary of broadliner ALSO which was built last year on the acquisition of Weltbild publishing group to provide logistic services, has closed its doors. The reason of this fast bankruptcy is the inability for the company to face the competition, with high costs impossible to review without a heavy restructuration.
ALSO back in Poland
The German distributor ALSO has entered the Polish market through the acquisition for an undisclosed amount of broadliner PC Factory, which will be renamed to ALSO Polska. The group has already been present in Poland in the past, first through GNT before its acquisition in 2009. GNT had, then, an office in Poland, which it closed because of heavy losses. Also, before it was acquired by ALSO, Actebis was indirectly present in Poland through its subsidiary ABC Data, which was sold in 2007. It is thus a kind of comeback for the German group, which will act as a challenger of its former subsidiary, with a turnover of about €390m for PC Factory, compared to €1.3b for ABC Data.
Torben Qvist leaves ALSO
Torben Qvist, who was VP of broadliner ALSO Group and head of its Danish subsidiary, has resigned for personal reasons. He is replaced by Ole Ecklung as managing director of Denmark and by Volkan Weissenberg as VP in charge of Partner Management.
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